UK holiday cottages for August

Make the most of the UK's summer sunshine

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Sophie Gackowski

Sophie Gackowski
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UK holiday cottages for August August: it can top 23°C at this time of year, and when the sun is out and shining on our faces, winter’s nothing but a distant memory. The kids don’t go back to school until the end of the month (or around 18 August for Scotland), and events and festivals celebrate the warm weather across our isles. And let’s face facts: most of us turn bright red in the heat of southern France or Spain, and Egypt and the Canaries? We won’t even go there. So why not enjoy the understated beauty of a British summer, with a holiday here instead?

There’s plenty of scope for a cottage holiday in the UK. If your ideal setting is the seaside, pack your bags for Cornwall; if you’ve got outdoor activities in mind, consider a stop in Perthshire. Golfer; history buff; beach bum; man or woman of simple pleasures – adventures await on every cottage door of the United Kingdom.

 

August holiday cottages for that sunshine break at home


   

August holiday cottages in Windermere August holiday cottages in Windermere

When you think of the Lake District, you can’t help but think of Windermere – it’s the largest lake in England, and has over 10,000 boats registered to it. Phew! If you’re a novice in the water, no worries: there are dozens of activity companies and tour operators in and around the area, offering everything from gentle cruises on steamers to lengthy lessons in canoeing. Don’t want to get wet? Pony treks and ghyll scrambling await those with older children, while little ones can get lost in the World of Beatrix Potter.

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August holiday cottages in Newquay August holiday cottages in Newquay

Newquay. Can you smell the surf already? This far south, August is an amazing time to book a holiday cottage – temperatures are higher, so even subtropical flowers have a fighting chance of blooming. Of course, it’ll be the golden sands you want to head for first, and there are many just a stone’s throw from the town. But don’t forget to check out the Lappa Valley Steam Railway, Trenance Gardens and the town’s own Zoo – all are fantastic for families.

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August holiday cottages in Kent August holiday cottages in Kent

Kent’s a county with a lot to give: it has Blue Flag beaches like Margate, attractions like Chislehurst Caves, and lovely seaside towns like Whitstable (oysters – enough said). But it’s called the ‘Garden of England’ with good reason; there are 12 Country Parks here, and an entire third of it is covered by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The High Weald and the Kent Downs cover 1,438 square miles. That’s a whole lotta beauty to take in during a cottage break.

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August holiday cottages in Anglesey August holiday cottages in Anglesey

From Llanddona to Llanbedrgoch, there’s no end to the double-l in Anglesey. And we haven’t even got started on Llanfairpwllgwyngyll - gogerychwyrndrobwllllant - ysiliogogogoch (did you even attempt to read that?). But it’s not about place names; it’s about Anglesey’s incredible coast and countryside cottages, with never-ending opportunities whether for hillwalking or heritage sites. Go diving, take a boat trip, walk along the cliffs and eat freshly caught crab. Just crossing the bridge will unveil its beauty.

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August holiday cottages in St Andrews August holiday cottages in St Andrews

St Andrews is one of my favourite places for a day out, particularly when the sun’s shining. It’s got a sweeping stretch of sand, great restaurants, ice-cream to die for (bit extreme, but hey – I do love ice-cream), and independent shops in spades. Head for the Sealife Centre, explore the ruins of the cathedral, and climb St Rules Tower (unless you have a serious fear of heights or enclosed spaces…) for amazing views over the town and out to sea. Round it off with a game of golf, and then more ice-cream – Irn Bru’s the latest flavour.

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UK holiday cottages for August

Peaceful Chic Country Cottage Idyllically Situated In A Tiny Hamlet Of Upton Noble Close To Bruton

With a warm coloured stone facade and set within Somerset's rolling countryside, THE Cottage is resplendent in her beauty, epitomising classic country cottage chic. Idyllically situated in a tiny hamlet close to Bruton and the historic city of Bat...

Converted From Village Inn. Perfect Base For Families Or Couples

Mole End is a delightful two-bedroom holiday cottage in the peaceful village of St. Lawrence near Ventnor on the South coast of the Isle of Wight, offering superior holiday accommodation for up to four people. From its origins as a 19th century vi...

Stay somewhere unusual , Peaceful central location, sleeps 4, Pets Welcome.

Set within one of the most breakthaking views within Perthshire Tay valley The Clocktower/Coach house secluded development settles on the hillside above the historical 19th Century Kinfuans Castle, is ideally situated to offer rural tranqulity and...

Luxury Accommodation offering a rural retreat just 2 miles from Perth.

Set within the most breathtaking views of Perthshire Tay Valley. Coach House 8 was once the Dance Hall for the footman and staff off the 19th Century Kinfauns castle. The Towerview development was originally created as stable and coach houses, no...

4 star accommodation offering a rural retreat 2 miles from Perth. Pets Welcome

Our Creme de le creme No 4 Coach house was originally created as Coach houses to store the horse drawn Carriages for the 19th Centuury Kinfauns Castle. The Traditional stone built B listed buildings in attractive courtyard setting has an idyllic...

Scenic Rural Tranquility for 2 in central loaction. Pets Welcome

Coach house 1 was once the Blacksmith cottage which belonged to the 19th Century Kinfauns Castle. Originally created as stables and Coach houses for the 19th Century Kinfauns Castle, the traditional stone built B listed buildings in attractive co...

Kittocks Cottage, St Andrews

Next door to Kittocks Den, stone built cottages in a row of four, 2 miles from St Andrews and constructed around 1870. The cottages are situated about ten meters from the main country road, and lie in peaceful and attractive surroundings, with vie...

Thornbury Barn Sleeps 13

A truly beautiful countryside setting With five comfortable bedrooms, a modern kitchen, a big bathroom, a dining room, a lounge with a log burner and a garden to play in, Thornbury Barn has everything you could need in a family holiday house! Ge...

No. 3 Sypsies Cottages, Crail

Semi detached terraced cottage in a row of three, next door to Cradle cottage and close to Meggie Allan's cottage. Five minute's walk to Crail, perfect for families, couples and pet owners. Sypsies cottage is tastefully decorated with comfort in m...

Number 4 Kirkmay Cottages, Crail

Terraced cottage in a row of five, nestled between Lairdsgate and May Isle Cottages along from The Nuttings and Kirkmay cottages. Five minute's walk to the heart of historic Crail, perfect for families, couples and pet owners. This property has a ...
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